Two New Zealand batsmen have combined to set a world record by hitting 43 runs, including six sixes, from a single over in a domestic one-day cricket match.
Joe Carter and Brett Hampton were helped by a pair of no-balls as they set the record while batting for Northern Districts against Central Districts in a domestic one-day match in Hamilton on Wednesday.
South Africa-born fast bowler Willem Ludick was the unfortunate victim, who went into his 10th and final over with figures of 1-42 but had them blown out to 1-85.
The late onslaught proved the decisive moment in the match. Northern Districts reached 7-313 on the back of Carter's 66-ball 102 and Hampton's 66-ball 95, claiming a 25-run win with Dean Foxcroft's unbeaten 120 in vain.
"It was pretty special," said Hampton. "It was a 'see ball, hit ball scenario'. We got a few no balls to help us get going.
"At the end of it we came together and discussed, 'How many did we actually get?'
Carter, who scored his first one-day ton in the match, added: "We lost count."
Ludick may have considered himself unlucky on two fronts.
The first delivery of his disastrous over was a perfectly-executed wide yorker that Hampton could have easily chopped onto his stumps but was instead inside-edged past the diving wicketkeeper and away for four.
Ludick's next bit of misfortune stems from the Kiwis' more relaxed view of what is considered 'dangerous bowling'. The right-armer's subsequent two deliveries were both waist-high full tosses (and both dispatched by Hampton for six over the leg-side) which would be enough to see him removed from the attack in most competitions around the world.
But the playing conditions in New Zealand cricket dictate that umpires "shall apply understanding and tolerance with regard to over waist high full toss deliveries", meaning Ludick had to continue his over.
The previous record for a List A one-day match was 39 runs from an over, set by Zimbabwe's Elton Chigumbura while batting for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi against Abahani Ltd in the Dhaka Premier League.
The overall record in top-flight cricket was also set in New Zealand, with Bert Vance conceding 77 runs in farcical scenes on the final day of a first-class match in 1990 in a late bid to manufacture a contrived result.
Bangladesh last year imposed a 10-year ban on a bowler who deliberately lost a club match by conceding 92 runs off just four legal deliveries in protest at umpiring decisions.
The most runs conceded in an over in international cricket is 36 – a six from every ball – which has happened in both limited-overs formats, and twice in first-class cricket but never (yet) in a Test match.
In ODI cricket, Herschelle Gibbs blasted six straight sixes off Netherlands bowler Daan van Bunge in the 2007 World Cup in St Kitts, while in T20 internationals Yuvraj Singh sent Stuart Broad into the stands off six consecutive balls in the 2007 World T20 in Durban.
The most runs from an over in Test cricket is 28, which has been reached twice – by Brian Lara off Robin Peterson's bowling at the Wanderers in 2003, and by George Bailey who took the long handle to James Anderson in Perth during the 2013-14 Ashes whitewash.